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Game Night: B+

There are two reasons to see "Game Night," Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. Okay, that's not true, there are multiple reasons to watch it, but they are a big reason to open your wallet for some celluloid entertainment. This comedy is a mystery within a mystery which makes for comedic gold. This can be hard to do, but Bateman's talent for timing and delivering zingers like, "How their future kids will be great, not like some child actor who peaked too early." This is a clear nod at Bateman, himself, being a former child actor whose talent is consistently undeniable. Couple that with McAdams, and these two simply delight with their one-on-one shenanigans.
 
Here's the spoiler-free plot: Max (Bateman) and his wife Annie (McAdams) love game nights. That's how they met. But when Max's better looking, older brother (Kyle Chandler) shows up in Max's dream car and a creepy neighbor starts looking for an invite— things take a dark turn. Turns get more extreme and humorous as the mystery unravels. Billy Magnussen and Lamorne Harris deserve credit and laughs in what could be one of the best games of "hot potato" you'll ever see on film. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein cleverly use miniatures and the tilt-shift effect in a few exterior shots. Tilt-shift is a way of creating a miniature effect with the camera, much like you are looking at a game board.
 
WARNING: Don't take the kids, adult language is used.

 

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